1919 world series newspaper article

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1919 world series newspaper article

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof

The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America! First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a timeless classic. Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nations leading gamblers to throw the Series in Cincinnati. Mr. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the motives and backgrounds of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this is a compelling slice of American history in the aftermath of World War I and at the cusp of the Roaring Twenties.
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Fixing of the 1919 World Series

Collyer’s Eye Exposé on 1919 World’s Series

Its vested interest was clear: Gambling would thrive only if sports were on the up and up. I was sorry to have to do it. It has been my policy to stand for fair deal in sports, square racing, honest baseball and boxing and wrestling free from fakery. No sport or game can continue that is contaminated with dishonesty and crookedness. My paper is successful because the public knows it to be absolutely on the square and fearless in exposing fraud and fakes, whenever they are found in any branch of finance or sport. Comiskey passed away.

Although the Black Sox scandal has been portrayed as a unique event, baseball history indicates that throwing games likely happened a lot more than once. In the scandal, eight members of the Chicago White Sox were found to have accepted money from gamblers to throw the World Series. Understanding the Black Sox scandal. In fact, Evan Andrews writes for History. In total, eight men were indicted for conspiracy.

Soon after the Cincy Reds win the World Series rumors spread that article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers.
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Show All Days. Comiskey, owner of the White Sox, and after confessions by two of the players told how the world's championship was thrown to Cincinnati and how they had received money or were "double-crossed" by the gamblers. No sooner had the news of the indictments become public than Comiskey suspended the seven players, wrecking the team he had given years to build up and almost certainly forfeiting his chances to beat out Cleveland for the American League pennant. His letter notifying the players of their suspension follows: "Chicago, Sept Williams and Eddie Cicotte: "You and each of you are hereby noti- fied of your indefinite suspension as a member of the Chicago American Baseball Club.

By Stuart Dezenhall. Stuart Dezenhall is a graduate of Bucknell University. With betting lines favoring Chicago to win in the best-of-nine series, shock pervaded the baseball world when Cincinnati won four of the first five games. The White Sox won the next two games, restoring a sense of normalcy and cutting the Reds lead in the series to On October 9, with a victory in Chicago, the Cincinnati Reds claimed the title. The reporting focused on keeping the brand of baseball as clean as possible —— dismissing early, unfounded rumors of foul play and eventually highlighting the role of outside influence in the corruption, primarily that of Jewish gangsters.



  1. Fanchon B. says:

    This article was published in the Spring Baseball Research Journal.

  2. Oriel T. says:

    Collyer’s Eye Exposé on World’s Series

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